Times were tough growing up in the Smoky Mountains, writes Dolly Parton. “One of my most precious memories is sitting in my mother’s lap and listening to her read me stories,” she writes. “It felt so warm and cozy. My imagination soared to places far beyond our little cabin.” To read the rest of the Post-Standard editorial article on the Imagination Library Program, sponsored by the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, and the kick-off event this past Saturday at White Branch Library on Butternut St. click here!
It sounds too simple to be true, but by reading regularly with your children during their preschool years, you are giving them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will help you read with your child. There are many reasons parents do not read to their child, but we can eliminate one of them. Every child will have books of their very own, at no cost to you, thanks to the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, United Way’s Success By 6, the Central New York Community Foundation, LeMoyne College, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and a growing list of partners.
Each month, a new, carefully-selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. He/she can look forward to new and exciting reading adventures from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library until he/she turns five years old as long as you remain a resident of zip code 13203 or 13208. Should the child move outside the target area, he/she automatically will exit the program.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a FREE GIFT to our children! All you have to do is read to your children.
Who is Eligible?
Preschool children (from birth until their fifth birthday) in zip codes 13203 & 13208. Sign up today at www.onliteracy.org or by calling 428-8129.